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PNG Immigration Minister Kramer welcomes Leadership tribunal to suspend him from office

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Madang Open MP Bryan Kramer has welcomed the decision of the Leadership Tribunal to suspend him from office and vowed to prove his innocence at the tribunal hearing. In a statement, he maintained that the allegations made against him in his Leadership Tribunal are unfounded and baseless. The leadership tribunal is the only place to clear his name, without pre-empting the...

ADB approves US$3.8 million support for development of coral reef insurance

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) this week approved $3.8 million to support the restoration, conservation, and management of coral reefs in four countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The project, financed by the Asia-Pacific Climate Finance Fund (ACliFF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will develop climate risk financing and insurance solutions to protect coral reef ecosystems in Fiji,...

The U.S pivot towards Pacific regionalism

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By Michael Walsh President Joe Biden has released the United States’ Pacific partnership strategy. Although it bears some resemblance to the Pacific engagement strategy that was drafted by the Asia–Pacific Security Affairs Subcommittee of the Biden Defense Working Group, this strategy is a separate document that arose through a completely independent drafting process. Nevertheless, it fulfills part of the vision...

Captains ready for record-breaking Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

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Captains of all 12 nations competing at Rugby World Cup 2021 gathered at the world-famous Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday as anticipation reaches fever pitch ahead of kick-off on 8 October. Eden Park has twice hosted previous men’s Rugby World Cup finals in 1987 and 2011, and a record-breaking women’s rugby attendance will witness the opening day of action...

RFL’s Ralph Rimmer in grovelling apology over footage of him mocking Fiji squad

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Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer has been forced to make a grovelling apology to the Fijian squad after video footage emerged of him mocking them at an awards dinner. Rimmer is caught on camera discussing the upcoming World Cup in England, when he questions if any Fijian player “has been arrested yet?” Rimmer made the inappropriate remarks in front...

Panthers masterclass delivers back-to-back premierships

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The Penrith Panthers have converted three years of dominance into back-to-back premierships with a clinical 28-12 dismantling of Parramatta in Sunday night's NRL Grand Final. With Clive Churchill Medalist Dylan Edwards (281 metres), Brian To'o (299 metres) and Nathan Cleary delivering command performances on the game's biggest stage, the Panthers became the first team since the Roosters in 2018-19 to...

U.S, Pacific Island Leaders reach partnership deal at historic Summit

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The United States and Pacific leaders have reached a nine-point Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership as Washington hosts its first summit with leaders from Pacific Island nations. Thursday, U.S President Joe Biden announced more than US$810 million in expanded programme to aid the Pacific Islands as the historic summit entered its second day. The U.S has provided upward of US$1.5 billion...

U.S confirms recognition of the Cook Islands as a sovereign state

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The United States (U.S.) President Joseph Biden has announced U.S recognition of the Cook Islandsas a sovereign state during his Summit with PacificIslands Countries (PIC) Leaders including PrimeMinister Brown. High on the list of commitments announced by the Biden-Harris Administration today to implement the Declaration on U.S,-Pacific Partnerships was “Under the Biden-Harris Administration we will recognize the Cook Islands and...

Could a digital twin of Tuvalu preserve the island nation before it’s lost to the collapsing climate?

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When Tuvalu vanishes beneath rising seas, its diaspora still want somewhere to call home – and that could be a virtual version of the tiny Pacific nation. Global heating is threatening to submerge Tuvalu by the end of the century, and its 12,000 inhabitants are considering the future. Dr Eselealofa Apinelu, Tuvalu’s former attorney general and current high commissioner to Fiji,...

PINA board elected

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) president and CEO of Papua New Guinea's national broadcaster NBC Kora Nou, is in for his second term as the PINA president. During its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Honiara, Solomon Islands Kora was re-elected as President. Robert Iroga, Publisher Solomon Islands Magazine was elected Vice President. Also elected to the board are: *Fred Wesley, Editor in Chief...

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China-Solomons security deal keeps U.S and Pacific neighbours on deck

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PNG Government’s position on Bouganville

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FBI sent to the Pacific as U.S, Australia and Japan stand up to China’s...

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Defence ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan have agreed to boost military cooperation to counter Chinese influence across the Asia-Pacific. As he welcomed...